The pianist Hamish Milne writes:
> Perhaps, in our information-besotted age, we know too much. It is > universally accepted that knowledge of itself brings neither wisdom > nor understanding. Rules quickly beget formulas — 'traditions' > likewise — and nothing spells more certain death to a truly living, > recreative performance. Artur Schnabel once said: 'All the information > is in the score.' This, rather than any fearful sense of propriety, > was certainly what governed the approach of the composers of these > transcriptions. If we too can put aside contentious opinions about > style and substance, medium and message, we can enjoy a privileged > glimpse not only of the indestructible majesty of J. S. Bach's music > but equally of the personal responses of these fine musicians who fell > under its spell and succumbed to the temptation to express it in their > own voice.
"Russian Bach Piano Transcriptions." Notes to Hyperion CDA67506, "Bach Piano Transcriptions — 5 — Goedicke, Kabalevsky, Catoire, Siloti". London: Hyperion Records Ltd., 2005.